Find a California fall festival to attend in 2023. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2023 has things to do across California including activities in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and more. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
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Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn - Riverside, CA - Jan 18 to Jan 7, 2024
Holiday light collection at The Misison Inn Hotel
Arts & Crafts Show at the Biergarten at Old World - Huntington Beach, CA - Mar 12 to Dec 17, 2023
Come out to Old World Huntington Beach on select Sundays and shop over 50 unique, hand picked artisans and crafters. Enjoy a day of shopping and viewing the latest designs, collections, products, and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts! While you’re at Old World for the Arts & Crafts Show, don’t forget to stop by The Biergarten for live music and authentic German food and drinks.
Tahoe City Art by the Lake - Tahoe City, CA - Aug 18 to Aug 20, 2023
Set on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe City Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will give visitors a special opportunity to meet with more than 45 artisans and craftspeople showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts including photography, oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry and much more. Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City plays host to both weekends of events which spread across the open grassy area overlooking stunning Lake Tahoe. Since 1973.
Pints in the Pines - Idylwild, CA - Aug 19, 2023
Pints in the Pines is a live art and emerging beer festival to benefit Animal Rescue Friends (ARF)
Cinecon - Burbank, CA - Aug 31 to Sep 4, 2023
A classic film festival in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend.
Rocktoberfest - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 1 to Sep 16, 2023
Biergarten, bands, full bar and food, festival hall
Paul Bunyan Days - Fort Bragg, CA - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2023
Celebrate the bigger than life logger and his giant blue ox. Enjoy the bird walk, craft show, classic cars, model trains, Labor Day Parade, Kiddie Parade, logging show, BBQ, and lots more. A Fort Bragg tradition since 1939.
Long Beach Greek Festival - Long Beach, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2023
Enjoy a taste of Greece, from authentic Greek food, cooking demonstrations, shopping and live dancing
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival - Millbrae, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2023
Celebrate the last blast of summer with sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun in the Bay Area.
Gold Country Fair - Auburn, CA - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2023
Carnival rides, monster trucks and demolition derby, and more!
Tulelake Butte Valley Fair - Tulelake, CA - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2023
A rural fair a few miles south of the California-Oregon border that attracts over 60,000 people. The celebration is held annually Wednesday through Sunday following Labor Day. It is single largest annual event held in the Klamath Basin. It is an alcohol free fair with free admission and parking.
San Diego Festival of Beer - San Diego, CA - Sep 8, 2023
An indoor/outdoor event with live music and nearly 60 different breweries.
Original Lobster Festival - Long Beach, CA - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2023
Fresh live Maine lobsters at the Rainbow Lagoon. Dance, enjoy the food court, check out the arts & crafts booths, watch live sports on the big screen, sing some karoake, and more. Formerly called the Murrieta Lobster Festival.
Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival - Ventura, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2023
Fifty artists will be showing their work, while forty-five street painters will be creating vibrant works of art on the harbor sidewalks along the docks. This festival is produced by Ventura County Art Events, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
Artwalk Carlsbad - Carlsbad, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2023
This fine art festival is part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San Diego while promoting the experience of owning original art. More than 175 visual artists will show and sell their work, alongside colorful chalk art that will fill the asphalt as you watch street paintings being created before your eyes on the pavement.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear, CA - Sep 9 to Nov 4, 2023
Weekends. There will be three expanded bier gartens, live music, vendor booths and kids games. Other contests include the beer stein-carrying contest, stein holding, beer drinking contest and log sawing competition. Tickets are available on their website. Food and beer are purchased with Burgermeister Bucks. Complimentary Shuttle will give you a ride home anywhere in the Big Bear Valley.
Bike MS Waves to Wine - Rohnert Park, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2023
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Capitola Art & Wine Festival - Capitola, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2023
Lots of fine artists and Mountain wineries plus local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, and live music.
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival - Mountain View, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2023
You will love the live music, kids park, salsa dance class, pigskin party lounge, drinks, and food, in addition to the art and wine.
Pittsburg Seafood Festival - Pittsburg, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2023
An outdoor event for the last 30+ years. Features great food including BBQ, fish, seafood, and plenty of music, arts and crafts, amusement rides, jet ski races, a beer pavilion, and lots more fun.
Lodi Grape Festival - Lodi, CA - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2023
Celebrate the grape harvest with a four day event featuring murals, exhibits, carnival rides, wine tastings, food, live entertainment and more!
Beaumont Oktoberfest - Beaumont, CA - Sep 15, 2023
Annual Oktoberfest with live entertainment, authentic food, contests, arts & crafts vendors, weiner dog races, horse show and kids zone. Held at Noble Creek Park.
LA Fall Beer Fest - Los Angeles, CA - Sep 16, 2023
Sample over 200 beers from over 80 breweries, plus bites from food trucks. Held at LA Center Studios.
Amps & Ales - Chula Vista, CA - Sep 16, 2023
Almost 40 breweries to sample from, multiple stages of live entertainment and more, at Memorial Park in Chula Vista
Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest - Lake Arrowhead, CA - Sep 16 to Oct 29, 2023
Celebrate Oktoberfest on weekends in their genuine Alpine village with authentic food and free entertainment. Games include stein holding, sausage toss, beer chug and more. Imported German and European beers on tap. German sausage, pretzels and more. Chicken dance too!
Bark In The Park - San Jose, CA - Sep 16, 2023
The largest dog festival in the United States with more than 15,000 dog lovers and 3,900 dogs.
California Brewers Festival - Sacramento, CA - Sep 16, 2023
The longest running and longest pouring Sacramento beer festival. Unlimited, tokenless tasting. Tickets are already on sale so don’t miss out!
Old World Village Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 17 to Nov 5, 2023
Enjoy Oktoberfest at Old World Village in September and October. Old World is a European themed shopping center that goes all out during Oktoberfest. They have parades, dachshund races, a Herbmeister, and Kidsfest. It is self described as the best Oktoberfest in Orange County. Kinderfest for kids every Sunday, with family friendly (and free) days on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday and Saturday are ticketed and 21+.
Durham Harvest Festival - Durham, CA - Sep 17, 2023
Held at the community park, it features a car show and plenty of arts and craft vendors. Don’t miss the pancake breakfast, BBQ, live music, kids play area, and more family fun.
Redwood City Oktoberfest - Redwood City, CA - Sep 20 to Sep 24, 2023
Redwood City celebrates Oktoberfest with a fabulous traditional German Oktoberfest setting with over 1,100 feet of family style” bench seating; lots of fun and merriment; music; dancing; contests; cold beer and other beverages; food and more!
Campbell Fall Wine Walk - Campbell, CA - Sep 21, 2023
Each admission gets you one pour with 30 different wineries scattered throughout the shops of Downtown Campbell. Tickets can be purchased online or at specified walk-up ticket locations
Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2023
Over 130 artists will be performing nonstop on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of the world’s best jazz at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival - San Francisco, CA - Sep 22 to Oct 15, 2023
Dance films from San Francisco and around the world, including experiemental shorts, live performance capture, dance documentaries, live performances and more.
Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show - Boonville, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2023
Animal shows, wine tasting, live music, car show, parade, cider tasting and more. Happens in conjunction with California Wool and Fiber Festival.
Lederhosen 5k - Lake Tahoe, CA - Sep 23, 2023
Come celebrate Oktoberfest by running or walking the Lederhosen 5K. This course starts and finishes near Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City. It features an out and back course on a class 1 (10′ wide) paved trail along the Truckee River. Oktoberfest to follow
Vacaville Oktoberfest - Vacaville, CA - Sep 23, 2023
Annual Oktoberfest from 11 AM to 6 PM. German Food options include brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, potato salad and more. Live music most of the afternoon. Free admission.
Tam Valley Oktoberfest - Mill Valley, CA - Sep 23, 2023
Bratwurst, German beer, family friendly games, fun house, Bavarian dancers, polka and more!
Adams Avenue Street Fair - San Diego, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2023
75 musical acts on 7 stages plus carnival rides, beer garden, arts and crafts booths and more
Tahoe City Oktoberfest - Tahoe City, CA - Sep 23, 2023
Featuring local craft beers, live music, and delicious food in a festive fall celebration, Tahoe Citys Annual Oktoberfest returns to town for Saturday
Julian Autumn Jubilee - Julian, CA - Sep 23 to Oct 29, 2023
Enjoy a day at Fort Cross with hayrides, cider pressing & tasting, candle dipping, mini pumpkin painting, hoedown & jug band show, petting zoo, reptile show, u-pick pumpkin patch & veggie garden, archery, tomahawk throwing, ghost town slingshot range, fairy & dinosaur garden making, the lilac maze, tire swings, walking trails, and more
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival - Lafayette, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2023
Held the 3rd weekend in September, it is perhaps the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County. Typically attended by over 80,000.
Encinitas Oktoberfest - Encinitas, CA - Sep 24, 2023
Annual German festival hosted by Encinitas Chamber of Commerce from 10 AM to 6 PM on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. Street craft fair with 200 vendors, German music, family fun zone. Ceremonial parade kicks it off at noon. Craft Corner is 21+ only and will highlight craft breweries. Free parking is available at Flora Vista Elementary School with free shuttle service.
Folsom Street Fair - Folsom, CA - Sep 24, 2023
40th annual. The world’s largest leather event. Live stage with indie, electronic, and alternative acts, plus over 200 exhibitor booths, dance area, and more.
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival - Beverly Hills, CA - Sep 27 to Oct 2, 2023
A film, music, and art festival dedicated to celebrating women filmmakers, artists, and musicians and the men who collaborate with them. Voted one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.
St. Martin de Porres Oktoberfest - Yorba Linda, CA - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2023
The annual fall parish festival that brings the entire community together for fun, food, and fund-raising.
La Mesa Oktoberfest - La Mesa, CA - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2023
It now attracts 200,000 to the 3 day festival. German food, beer, entertainment and childrens activities. Hosted by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon - El Cajon, CA - Sep 29 to Oct 8, 2023
Two weekends. Hosted by The German American Societies of San Diego, the Oktoberfest usually runs the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. Authentic German food, beers, folk dancing, kids zone, craft booths and live music by the Guggenbach-Baum band from Germany.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Chico, CA - Sep 29 to Oct 7, 2023
Annual Oktoberfest with live music, cold beer and hot glass blowing demonstrations. Musical lineup of three bands. Oktoberfest feast for dinner included with ticket price. Don’t forget to practice up on your chicken dance before attending. Weekends only.
Aroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival - Arroyo Grande, CA - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2023
Parade and festival with arts, crafts, games, food and more!
Reel Pride Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Fresno, CA - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2023
Annual event brings a variety of LGBTQ cinema and entertainment to Cental Valley.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - San Francisco, CA - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2023
A free concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco featuring over 100 musical artists on 7 stages.
Oaktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2023
Family friendly craft beer festival in Oakland.
The Main Street Fair - El Segundo, CA - Sep 30, 2023
An annual event with live music, vendors, rides, and five blocks of fun in the historic town of El Segundo. Formerly the Fair on Richmond Street.
Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture Pumpkin Festival - Pomona, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 29, 2023
Celebrate California agriculture at this annual event, featuring pumpkin patch, demonstrations, hay rides, corn maze, food, insect fair, live entertainment, petting farm and more!
Clayton Oktoberfest - Clayton, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2023
Annual Munich-style celebration set under Mt. Diablo in this picturesque town. Two days of fun with parade, keg tapping, live music, biergarten, German food, California wines, arts and crafts show and carnival / street performers.
California Lemon Festival - Goleta, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2023
A weekend of family fun, food, and entertainment.
Palisades Tahoe Oktoberfest - Olympic Valley, CA - Sep 30, 2023
Noon to 5 PM. This annual event will transform the Village at Palisades Tahoe into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun. Entrance to Oktoberfest and entertainment are FREE. All proceeds from beer sales benefit the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation Festival goers must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase beer. Brats, Bavarian Pretzels and Rootbeer floats available for purchase. All Oktoberfest Games are FREE to enter. First come, first to participate. Formerly called the Squaw Valley Oktoberfest
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival - Boulder Creek, CA - Sep 30, 2023
A day of music, great food, amazing artists, sustainable living demonstrations.
Oakland Nature Friends Oktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Oct 1, 2023
Festivals feature dancing to live bands (alpine and international folk music), German food, and performances by our very own Schuhplattler dancers in traditional attire. German beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks are served. The kitchen serves traditional Spätzle, Bratwurst, Kartoffelsalat (potato salad), Sauerkraut, Pork Roast (Schweinebraten), and German desserts, while Bretzeln (pretzels) and Würstchen (sausages) are available as Vesperle (snacks). Lederhosen, Dirndl, Tirolerhut and any other Trachtenkleid (traditional attire) encouraged!
Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2023
For 2023, events al month! Normally: Discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants and breathtaking views all without tension or pretension while you enjoy some of the more than 140 weekend activities at various Paso Robles locations
Castro Street Fair - San Francisco, CA - Oct 1, 2023
Lots of activities with live music, entertainers, dance alley, and vendors, craftspeople and organizations. Funds raised go to fund charitable causes and to fund the rainbox flag that flies in Harvey Milk Plaza.
Cambria Scarecrow Festival - Cambria, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2023
A community wide event with over 400 scarecrows bowling, bathing, painting, pedaling, fishing, and flying. Held on weekends in October.
Taste of Carmel - Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA - Oct 5, 2023
Held annually at the Carmel Mission Basilical. Enjoy world class dining from local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment
Joshua Tree Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2023
An outdoor, family friendly global music experience.
Mill Valley Film Festival - San Rafael, CA - Oct 5 to Oct 15, 2023
An eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event welcoming more than 200 filmmakers from 50 countries.
California Avocado Festival - Carpinteria, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2023
One of the largest free festivals in Cali with a great lineup of music and fabulous food.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest - San Diego, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2023
The annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. This two-day eclectic, beachside festival will include a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. The event will kick off at 3:30 Friday afternoon with live music in the 21 and older beer garden. There will be a 2 for 1 happy hour Friday from 4:30 to 6:01. The Saturday morning festivities will kick off early with a Drill instructor workout on the beach, followed at 9 a.m. with the fifth annual OB Brat Trot, a fundraiser sponsored by the Ocean Beach Community Foundation with proceeds going towards local youth sports. All ages are invited to participate; registration is $25 per family (up to 6 participants) for the 2K Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. and $30 per person for the 5K Beach Run to follow at 10 a.m. Registration for the 5K Beach Run includes free entrance into the beer garden and two complimentary beers for runners 21 and older. New to the event this year, there will be a German microbrew tasting benefiting the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. The special tastings dubbed Poured with Courage will be served by active and retired wounded service members on behalf of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, which will share in the proceeds. Tasting tickets are $30 and will be sold online at www.OBOktoberfest.com prior to the event and at the gate as long as they last. Saturday will also include a free beachside all-ages stage with performances by an OB Oktoberfest band, along with a food and craft vendor area on the Veterans Plaza lawn. Beer garden entertainment will include live music; the annual Sausage Toss Competition for a $1,000 cash prize; and bratwurst-eating, stein-holding and other competitions.
Oktoberfest at Fairplex - Pomona, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 21, 2023
The home of the L.A. County Fair brings you their Los Angeles Oktoberfest with beer, German food, Bavarian music, games and the chicken dance. It’s 21+ only and is held on Friday-Saturday for each weekend.
Oakhurst Fall Festival - Oakhurst, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2023
30th annual. The chocolate and wine festival has grown to a fall festival that can be enjoyed by all. There are midway ridges, Jedi academy, meet and greets with different characters, scavender hunt, local music, local vendors, food trucks, beer and wine tastings and more!
California International Airshow - Salinas, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2023
This is a “high energy” aerobatics performance over the skies of Salinas during the Annual Airshow and the first in the Spring time at the Salinas Airport. There will be a full line up of other military and civilian performers along with static displays for families to enjoy. The California International Airshow is one of the best “community based” non -profit air shows in the Country that has raised over $8 million for local charities since its inception in 1981.
Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art - Long Beach, CA - Oct 7, 2023
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival - La Jolla, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2023
A two day juried art show and fundraiser featuring the works of over 150 established artists.
Lakeport Harvest Festival - Lakeport, CA - Oct 7, 2023
This is a free family fun event with something to do for everyone: Ballet Folkloric dancers, children’s crafts, corn hole tournament, petting zoo, scarecrow contest for youngster/teens, interesting vendors. There will be food, beer and wine for sale plus a DJ, great live music and street dance
Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest - Carlsbad, CA - Oct 7, 2023
Family event with German dinner, beer, dancing, live music, pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest for kids. Net proceeds are donated to local causes.
Redlands Oktoberfest - Redlands, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2023
Head to Sylvan Park for Oktoberfest beers and local craft brews, kids activities, contests for best costume, yodeling, stein holding, and Hammerschlagen; live polka music, food vendors and more! Benefits Redlands Optimists and their work in the community. $10 admission (under 21 is free).
Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CA - Oct 7, 2023
Annual Oktoberfest by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce. It is the largest outdoor event of the City of Glendale and the Foothills. Contests include stein holding, sausage eating, Master & Little Miss OKtoberfest, best dressed dog and a coloring contest. Games, rides and bingo as well. German bands and dancing, too.
Stallion Springs Oktoberfest - Tehachapi, CA - Oct 7, 2023
Fun for the whole family with food, beer and kids activities from noon until 6 PM. Location: Stallion Springs Community Center, 27800 Stallion Springs Dr, Tehachapi.
EdUCate! Oktoberfest - San Diego, CA - Oct 7, 2023
Annual Oktoberfest from 1 to 6 PM to raise money for five U.C. public schools. Bratwurst, beer garden, live music from three bands, home brew contest and kids games.
Pine Cone Festival - Running Springs, CA - Oct 7, 2023
A free family event with pine cone games / contests, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Free parking and shuttle from Snow Valley Mountain Resort.
PortFest - Redwood City, CA - Oct 7, 2023
Features live music, lots of great food, marching and jazz high school bands, and boat and harbor tours. Don’t miss the annual charity run. Plenty of arts and craft vendors.
San Carlos Arts & Wine Faire - San Carlos, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2023
Find 150 quality artists, crafters and specialty food vendors presenting their beautiful handcrafted works for fairegoers. There will be a treasure trove of ceramics, paintings, photography, wood working, wearables and so much more! Enjoy fine wines and microbrews, delicious foods, entertainment and the Family Fun Zone with lots of hands-on activities for the kids.
Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival - Elk Grove, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2023
The official California site for weigh-offs for the national Giant Pumpkin contest, with something for everyone – carnival rides, games, live entertainment, contests, pumpkin patch, pumpkin boat race, and food! Since 1984.
Oktoberfest at Nature Friends - Sierra Madre, CA - Oct 8, 2023
A German themed potluck (bring your favorite dish!), dance demonstrations and other fun. $5 suggested donation.
Pacific International Quilt Festival - Santa Clara, CA - Oct 12 to Oct 15, 2023
Explore quilting arts from around the world, plus competions, special exhibits, workshops, vendor market, and more.
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival - Catalina Island, CA - Oct 12 to Oct 22, 2023
Lots of jazz with big name entertainers. Headliners include Keiko Matsui, Nick Colionne, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Ray Parker Jr., and many others.
LA Korean Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 12 to Oct 15, 2023
50th annual. Experience the Korean culture with live performances, shopping and food.
Angel City Jazz Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 13 to Oct 29, 2023
Consistently features the most innovative and new original national and international jazz musicians. Lots of exciting venues throughout Los Angeles including at Zipper Hall, Blue Whale, Moss Theatre, LACMA, REDCAT, and more. Since 2008.
Walnut Creek Oktoberfest - Walnut Creek, CA - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2023
Lace up the dirndl dress and don the lederhosen Autumn starts with Walnut Creek’s annual Oktoberfest, free, day-long, family-friendly festival recreates the beloved German traditional Fall celebration. The fun includes a Bier Garden, Kinder Platz, live music stages, gourmet food booths and more.
Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest - Sacramento, CA - Oct 13, 2023
Eat, drink and dance like a German. Outdoor biergarten. Kid friendly activities.
Red Bluff Oktoberfest - Red Bluff, CA - Oct 14, 2023
Held by St. Peter’s Episcopal.
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival - Half Moon Bay, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2023
The top 5 pumpkins from the giant pumpkin weigh-off are displayed at this epic festival in the “World Pumpkin Capital”.
Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition - Riverbank, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2023
Annual street festival with carnival, arts/crafts, kids rides/games and live music in addition to the wine and cheese.
Build a Scarecrow - Julian, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 21, 2023
Bring Your family to Julian and build a scarecrow together
Bike MS Bay to Bay - Carlsbad, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2023
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Santa Rosa, CA - Oct 14, 2023
Showcases the grand harvest which results in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth. Voted the Best Annual Festival of Sonoma County by The Press Democrat readers.
Sherman Oaks Street Fair - Sherman Oaks, CA - Oct 15, 2023
The largest event in the San Fernando Valley with more than 100,000 guests, 200 vendors and plenty more fall fun.
SD WhoCon - San Diego, CA - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2023
A weekend dedicated to the Doctor Who series
Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival - Bakersfield, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2023
Bakersfield Museum of Arts annual Via Arté Italian Street Painting Festival has become a Bakersfield tradition, bringing together the community and the visual arts since 1998. Using the asphalt as canvas, spectators watch each year as professional and student artists unlock their imaginations and turn the parking lot of the Marketplace into a gallery of amazing chalk masterpieces.
Ride Santa Barbara 100 - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 21, 2023
The Ride Santa Barbara 100 takes place in one of the most beautiful and challenging locations in the United States. They offer four distinct courses to suit every cyclist’s ability , with each course offering a world class Santa Barbara cycling experience.
Santa Anita Oktoberfest - Arcadia, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2023
Raise your steins and strap on your lederhosen for the grand return of Oktoberfest at Santa Anita, with two weekends packed to the brim with more Bavarian beer, eats, live music & entertainment, and more fun than you can shake a bratwurst at.
Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 21, 2023
Enjoy the freshest seafood, maritime exhibits, live entertainment, and more at the annual day-long festival in Santa Barbara’s historic working harbor. Presented by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants. Free admission. Activities for all ages.
Novato Oktoberfest - Novato, CA - Oct 21, 2023
Hosted by the Novato Rotarians, this Oktoberfest includes dinner and a drink ticket, an “Oom-pah” band, dancing, and prizes.
Lodi Oktoberfest - Lodi, CA - Oct 21, 2023
Springville Apple Festival - Springville, CA - Oct 21, 2023
This annual event on the third weekend of October attracts more than 20,000.
Oktoberfest in Campbell - Campbell, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2023
German foods, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 artisans and live entertainment. Attendance is generally 30,000.
Park Chalet Oktoberfest - San Francisco, CA - Oct 22, 2023
Ceramic 1 L stein, German fare incuding beer and pretzels, live music
Fallbrook Harvest Faire - Fallbrook, CA - Oct 22, 2023
Come on down to Main Avenue in Fallbrook for craft and food vendors, pony rides and a petting zoo, pumpkin contests and a pumpkin patch, a pie baking contest and more!
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival - Calabasas, CA - Oct 22, 2023
Pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin pies and more!
Harvest Fest Mendocino - Mendocino County, CA - Oct 27 to Nov 12, 2023
Events take place throughout Mendocino County, which is home to more than 3,000 mushroom varieties, including the candy cap mushroom (which has a maple syrup flavor) that only grows in on the Northern California coast. Enjoy mushroom dinners, wine and beer pairing workshops, cooking classes, musical performances, and more
Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire - Claremont, CA - Oct 28, 2023
Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of the Claremont Village lined with over 400+ booths selling unique art, original crafts, and apparel. Get to know all the local businesses and non-profits in the business and organization block located on First Street. Be sure to also stop by the food court for an array of international foods and entertainment. Returning this year is the beer and wine garden on Bonita Ave which will be serving local craft ales, wine and cider from 11 am to 4 pm
Los Osos Oktoberfest - Los Osos, CA - Oct 29, 2023
The Annual Oktoberfest and Annual Car Show will again be held on Second Street in Baywood Park. Admission for the event is FREE. Since 1977, the festival has grown from a small group of vendors and musicians, to a popular countywide event that attracts over 6,000 participants. For the entire day, Los Osos/Baywood Park will be bustling with pomp and ceremony and the enthusiasm of thousands of revelers eager to enjoy the day with live music and entertainment, a Beer Garden, food, arts & crafts, pet and people costume contests, activities for kids and more.
Ice Skating in Union Square - San Francisco, CA - Nov 2 to Jan 15, 2024
60 min sessions with prepurchased tickets only
Big Sur Food and Wine Festival - Big Sur, CA - Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2023
All things wine and food to support the Big Sur community
San Diego Beer Week - San Diego, CA - Nov 3 to Nov 12, 2023
A 10-day celebration of independent craft breweries in San Diego County, with events held across the county in breweries, bars, restaurnats and more.
Challenge Walk MS: Southern California - Oceanside, CA - Nov 3 to Nov 5, 2023
Come together for an endurance walking event fueled by your passion and your steps. 3 days, 50 miles, for a world without MS
Farm Sanctuary’s Honoring of the Turkeys - Acton, CA - Nov 4, 2023
For nearly 35 years, Farm Sanctuary has been giving turkeys a seat at the table, not on it—and they continue that tradition this year with the Honoring of the Turkeys event. All are ambassadors for the 68 million turkeys who are raised and killed for food just for the November and December holiday season. Here, they’re guests of honor and cherished members of the Sanctuary family.
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival - San Diego, CA - Nov 6 to Nov 12, 2023
One of the West Coast’s premier wine and culinary celebrations, this year’s lineup includes Celebrity Chef tastings, wine and food delights, culminating in a Grand Tasting event. Various venues.
Carmel Art Walk - Carmel, CA - Nov 11, 2023
Visit artist-owned galleries and studios and meet local artists who carry on the Carmel art colony legacy.
Holiday Opening House and Pier Lighting - Manhattan Beach, CA - Nov 15, 2023
Manhattan Beach Pier
LA Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo - Los Angeles, CA - Nov 17 to Jan 7, 2024
Explore an immersive landscape filled with spectacular lantern sculptures of animals among blooming flowers, towering trees, and more for, a wildlife-centered experience that’s as inspiring as it is breathtaking.
Mandarin Festival - Auburn, CA - Nov 17 to Nov 19, 2023
Event attracts over 25,000 visitors who enjoy the fruit from over a dozen growers. Lots of food vendors, crafts, ice cream, specialty foods and deserts, and homemade gifts. Held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.
Burbank Winter WIne Festival - Burbank, CA - Nov 18, 2023
Holiday street fair with vendors, live entertainment, arts & crafters, and a wine walk.
Sylvia Besana Parade - Roseville, CA - Nov 18, 2023
Bring your family and be part of Roseville’s longest running tradition! Parade, craft booths, Santa, and more.
Davis Turkey Trot - Davis, CA - Nov 18, 2023
With seven different events and distances, there is something for every age group and ability. On event morning, along with an enjoyable run or walk through Davis’ residential neighborhoods and greenbelts, participants enjoy a post-race expo, refreshments and samples from vendors; an interactive area for both kids and adults; live music and arts and crafts for kids.
Miracle on Main Street - Huntington Beach, CA - Nov 21, 2023
Join the Huntington Beach community for the most wonderful time of the year when the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District fills the second block of Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, and free refreshments.
Metro LA Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble Fun Run - Lancaster, CA - Nov 22, 2023
This Thanksgiving, support the Y and get in a great workout so you don’t feel guilty about eating that second helping of turkey and pie! 5K and 10K run as well as a 1K run for the kids.
Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration - Los Angeles, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Volunteer to help serve the homeless and others in need of a community-based meal this Thanksgiving! Help is needed in the days leading up to the holiday, as well as six shifts on the big day (only for those scheduled). Anyone in need of a meal and some companionship is welcome, and some giveaways are available (clothes etc).
Simi Valley Thanksgiving Day 5K - Simi Valley, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Thousand Oaks Turkey Dash - Thousand Oaks, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Dana Point Turkey Trot - Dana Point, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Burn off those pre-Thanksgiving meal calories by running or walking a 5K, 10K, Combo 15K, or Kids 1-Mile Gobble Wobble in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor.
Long Beach Turkey Trot - Long Beach, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Before you stuff your face at a family feast, run or walk for the Team — the Community Action Team (CAT). The exercise will do your body good and entry fees go to help others right here in the community.
Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run - Torrance, CA - Nov 23, 2023
This three-mile fun run will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning
Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive - La Cañada Flintridge, CA - Nov 23, 2023
The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge’s Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Mile Run has been a local tradition and a community favorite for over three decades. It is also their biggest fundraiser of the year. Held at La Cañada’s Memorial Park
Turkey Trot Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Don’t miss LA’s best Thanksgiving tradition! Run/walk a 5k or 10k before you feast and help fundraise for The Midnight Mission. There’s also an adorable Widdle Wobble for the little trotters (ages 12 and under). Everyone is welcome!
Rancho Park Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Picnic - Los Angeles, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Los Angeles’ biggest vegan potluck event of the year, a tradition for more than 25 years. Hundreds of people attend annually. Come share some delicious food, connect with beautiful people, and enjoy the outdoor environment. There will be music, live performances and an open mic. Feel free to bring drums, other musical instruments, a frisbee or a ball to toss. It’s a great place for children. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.
Run to Feed the Hungry - Sacramento, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Run to Feed the Hungry is a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. This family friendly event, held on Thanksgiving morning, raises funds and awareness about hunger in the community!
Folsom Turkey Trot - Folsom, CA - Nov 23, 2023
5K & 10K Run/Walk on Thanksgiving morning
Roseville Turkey Trot - Roseville, CA - Nov 23, 2023
The course starts and finishes at Vernon Street Town Square in Downtown Roseville.
Solano Turkey Trot - Fairfield, CA - Nov 23, 2023
The main staging area for all 10K/5K race-day activities is at Solano Community College located at 4000 Suisun Valley Road in Fairfield, California. Other race-day activities include food booths, awards and other fun activities for the entire family. The Solano Turkey Trot is a collaboration of two non-profit organizations who have joined together to raise awareness and support for children, adults and seniors in Solano County.
Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K - San Diego, CA - Nov 23, 2023
San Diego’s original & longest-standing Thanksgiving Day turkey trot has returned in person, and we are so excited to welcome you back to Balboa Park! Help provide life-changing meals to feed hungry neighbors in need through Father Joe’s Villages’ Food Services Program.
Burlingame Gobble Wobble - San Mateo, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Held at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo on Thanksgiving morning – a 5K celebrating friends, family, and community and give thanks!
Marin Turkey Trot - Novato, CA - Nov 23, 2023
5K, 10K and one mile on Thanksgiving morning in Marin
Modesto Turkey Trot and Gobble Walk - Modesto, CA - Nov 23, 2023
5k and kids run on Thanksgiving morning
Petaluma Turkey Trot and Food Drive - Petaluma, CA - Nov 23, 2023
The annual Petaluma Turkey Trot is healthy, family-friendly, and fun! No fee, quick registration and photo shares.
Piedmont Turkey Trot - Piedmont, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Annual 5k on Thanksgiving morning
Point Pinole Nitro Turkey Trot - Richmond, CA - Nov 23, 2023
10/k, 5k, and free little gobbler’s run. Thanksgiving themed costumes encouraged
San Francisco Turkey Trot - San Francisco, CA - Nov 23, 2023
5 mile, 3 mile, kids gobbler chase at Golden Gate Park on Thanksgiving morning
Silicon Valley Turkey Trot - San Jose, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Virtual for 2021. All proceeds from the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot “provide health, hope, and a home” and directly benefit several local charitable organizations.
Stockton Turkey Trot/Run Against Hunger - Stockton, CA - Nov 23, 2023
10k, 5k and kids run on Thanksgiving morning supporting the Emergency Food Bank
Walnut Creek Forma Turkey Trot - Walnut Creek, CA - Nov 23, 2023
Turkey Night Grand Prix - Ventura, CA - Nov 24 to Nov 25, 2023
The 82nd running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix will pay a winner’s share of $10,000
Sacramento RiverTrain Magical Christmas Train - West Sacramento, CA - Nov 24 to Dec 27, 2023
Julian Country Christmas Tree Lighting - Julian, CA - Nov 25, 2023
Due to their Cuyamaca Mountains location, the holiday time in Julian gets closer to a “white Christmas” than most spots in Southern California. You’ll feel a nip in the air, sniff wood fires, and maybe catch a glimpse of snow capped mountains surrounding town. The holiday season in Julian also offers an opportunity to shop at small boutiques, without crowds or lines, for one-of-a-kind gifts. Enjoy musical performances, watch the tree lighting, and see Santa! If you get the chance to stop for a slice of Julian’s famous pie, have a piece for us! We hit up quite a few pie establishments in October 2021 and enjoyed every single slice.
San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland - San Rafael, CA - Nov 25, 2023
Marketplace with arts & crafts, parade, children’s activities, and more.
JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes – Death Valley - Death Valley, CA - Jan 18 to Jan 21, 2024
Located in southern California, Death Valley is one of the most otherworldly of America’s natural wondersan eerie panorama of salt flats and elevations. With rolling hills and steep mountains, Death Valley is also famous for Badwater, which is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Whether you’re a competitive cyclist, Sunday rider or novice, youre sure to enjoy an incredible weekendand the haunting beautythat brings JDRF Riders back year after year to cycle routes of up to 100 miles.
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Polk Street Blues Festival - Martinez, CA - Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2019
The Polk Street Blues Festival is back! After a brief move to Martinez and a rename to the Bay Area Blues, it’s back on Polk Street for another year, with more free entertainment including two main stages, merchant marketplace, crafts, food and more!
Sausalito Art Festival - Sausalito, CA - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Fine art, music, food, and wine over Labor Day weekend at one of the most prestigious art festivals in the country.
Oktoberfest by the Bay! - San Francisco, CA - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Named one of the ten best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the USA in 2010 by AOL. This San Francisco Oktoberfest has live music headlined by the 21 piece Chico Bavarian Band. There are four sessions (one each Friday / Sunday and two on Saturday). Children are not allowed on Friday and Saturday nights but are encouraged on Sunday. VIP includes German buffet, commemorative mug, first beer, private bathrooms and guaranteed seating in private area. Be sure to click on the special offers section of their website for potential discounts.
Valencia Corridor Wine Walk - San Francisco, CA - Sep 20, 2019
Merchants will be offering wine samples inside their stores, all along the Valencia Corridor. Participants will receive a wine glass and a map of all the tasting locations, some of which may offer snacks.
Wirsthaus - Los Angeles, CA - Sep 21 to Oct 31, 2019
Oktoberfest runs on Fridays and Saturdays through the end of October.
Polk Street Fall Wine Walk - San Francisco, CA - Sep 27, 2019
Merchants on Polk Street from Post to Filbert Streets will be offering wine samples inside their stores, with free cable car shuttle. Participants will receive a wine glass and map of all the tasting locations, some of whom may offer snacks.
Figtoberfest - Buellton, CA - Sep 28, 2019
Buellton HQ will feature the Figtoberfest German-style lager and several other specialties on draft, plus a German food menu & sausages, Figtoberfest games, festive music, a costume contest, and more. Taproom locations will have a variety of German-style beers on tap as well
Hollywood Film Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 6, 2019
A festival to help Hollywood better identify, celebrate, and promote the best of the world’s most inspiring films and tomorrow’s most promising emerging artists. Held at Raleigh Studios.
Alpine Village Oktoberfest - Torrance, CA - Oct 4 to Oct 27, 2019
Southern California has been celebrating Oktoberfest at Alpine Village for nearly 50 years. USA Today named it one of the best Oktoberfests in the world. It is held weekends in October in a 32,000 square foot tent. Located in Torrance, it is the most popular Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Tables are on a first come first served basis – there are no reservations. It’s 21+ on Friday and Saturday but all ages are welcome on Sunday. Tickets are between $5 and $20 depending on day. Kids 12 and under as well as those dressed in dirndls or lederhosen get in free on Sundays.
Morro Bay Harbor Festival - Morro Bay, CA - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
Celebrate at Water’s Edge with one of the premier events on California’s spectacular Central Coast.
Modesto Oktoberfest - Modesto, CA - Oct 4, 2019
Come and enjoy thel Modesto Oktoberfest tasting event with a sampling of West Coast micro-brews to savor, along with traditional German fare including bratwurst, sauerkraut, and potato salad. Oktoberfest also offers California Wine tasting and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. The live entertainment and exciting midway games are sure to make this event one you won’t want to miss.
Julian Oktoberfest - Julian, CA - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
A weekend of German folk music, dancers, children’s events, food and drink.
Pints in the Pines Oktoberfest - Twain Harte, CA - Oct 5, 2019
Featuring Craft Beers, German Beers and a commemorative beer mug. This one day “Under The Tent” event opens at 11:00 am and taps close at 4:00 pm. Brew tasters will be able to choose from some of California’s top craft breweries. Entry fee is inclusive at $25.00 per person for a minimum of 2o beer tastings available. Wine will also be available. Craft and food vendors on site. Live music on stage. Tickets are available online or at the door on a first come, first serve basis.
Camp Richardson Oktoberfest - Lake Tahoe, CA - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest with German food, beer and wine garden, pumpkin patch, costume contest for people and dogs, music and family activities.
Oktoberfest in Nevada City - Nevada City, CA - Oct 5, 2019
A day of great food and music. 12 different Breweries will be there on tap. Local band Road Test and the Hannerbrinks Gorman band will be preforming with German dancers. Authentic German food to go along with all the great beer.
Aliso Viejo Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, CA - Oct 6, 2019
Come and enjoy authentic German food and Biergarten, live Oompah Band, kids games, ice cream, Balloon Man, face painting, and so much more fun!
Oktoberfest Corte Madera - Corte Madera, CA - Oct 12, 2019
Canceled for 2022, look for their return in 2023. Normally: Held annually in Menke Park at Old Corte Madera Square. A community tradition for the whole family, Oktoberfest features amazing local foods, kids activities, live music, unique homebrewed beers, craft beers, wines, meads, craft hard ciders, and kombucha.
Nipomo’s Best Oktoberfest - Nipomo, CA - Oct 12, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest with Miss Nipomo Pageant, Battle of the Bands, live entertainment, bbq tasting and competition, beer and wine garden and kids activities. Event is outdoors and open to the general public. 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday hours with live music. 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday with the second annual Battle of the Bands and a BBQ competition with tasting. Kids area on Saturday and Sunday has pony rides, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo and mechanical rides. There’s also arts and crafts booths and the Dave Dana Memorial car show.
Downtown Modesto Harvest Festival - Modesto, CA - Oct 12, 2019
Pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, food, live music, car show, face painting, instrument petting zoo and more!
Harvest Festival Craft Fair at Dutch Hollow Farms - Riverbank, CA - Oct 14, 2019
This is a FREE event. This festival has a little bit of everything! 80+ vendors- Comprised of local crafters, artisans, designers, bakers and chefs. Home, garden & fashion – repurposed, handcrafted, vintage & direct sales vendors. Kid friendly and fun for your whole family. There is something for everyone! Bring the family & enjoy the day. Hours will be 9am to 3pm. They will also have our full display of pumpkins available just in time for early fall decor
Wharf Fest - San Francisco, CA - Oct 19, 2019
A free Fisherman’s Wharf festival with a chowder cook-off competition, exhibitors, and family fun.
Cambria Octoberfest - Cambria, CA - Oct 19, 2019
Kicks off with an art & craft fair, plus brats, hot dogs, beer, wine and ice cream at noon, with live music, a pumpkin patch and family games, and scarecrow awards.
Dia de los Muertos Chalk Walk - San Fernando, CA - Nov 2, 2019
Fresno Collector’s Expo - Fresno, CA - Nov 2 to Nov 3, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Over 65 vendors offering comics, action figures, anime, arts and craft customize science fiction items, costume jewelry, plus live auction, cosplay contest, celebrity appearances, and art show.
Run for the Hungry - San Diego, CA - Nov 28, 2019
2021 race is canceled.
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival - Oakland, CA - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Enjoy the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival by watching teams compete on Lake Merritt in 40-foot long dragon boats.
KAABOO Music Festival - San Diego, CA - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Canceled for 2021, with tickets valid at next year’s show. Details on 2022, including date and location, are yet to be announced. Normally: Music and comedy festival with top bands, artists, and comedians. KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences.
Eat Real Festival - Oakland, CA - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: This fundraising event of the Food Craft Institute that features sustainable local ingredients in artisan food craft, street food, craft beers, local wines and cocktails. Held at Jack London Square
Hoes Down Harvest Festival - Guinda, CA - Oct 3, 2020
Live music, food and drink, workshops, children’s activities, craft vendors, silent auction, farmer’s market and more. All of the proceeds from the Hoes Down Harvest Festival go to non-profit organizations that support sustainable agriculture and rural living. Held at Full Belly Farm.
Santa Barbara Beer Festival - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 10, 2020
Your ticket gets you a tasting glass and entry into beautiful Elings Park where you can enjoy an afternoon of beer samplings.
International Auto Show - San Francisco, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 29, 2020
Canceled for 2022, look for their return in 2023. Normally: View the latest in technology and the future of personal transportation at Moscone Convention Center.
Sausage & Suds Music Festival - San Leandro, CA - Jan 1 to Oct 7, 2018
Canceled for 2022, we’ll look for their return in 2023. Normally: A free music event attracting more than 8,000 visitors annually to downtown Parrott St. A beer and wine garden pairs nicely with the sausage.
California Wool and Fiber Festival - Boonville, CA - Jan 1 to Sep 15, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: One of the country’s oldest and largest wool shows, held since 1926. Hundreds of fleeces from across the state are on site for judging, plus fleece sale, spinning contest, vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, used equipment booth, fiber arts show and more. Happens in conjunction with the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show.
Monterey Bay Oktoberfest - Carmel, CA - Sep 4, 2021
Noon – 6 PM. Tickets are $20. Children under 12 are free. Under the Beer Garden Tent. Activities include Cracking the First Keg, Live Music & Dancing The Internationals, Mens Beer Stein Holding Contest, Womens Beer Stein Holding Contest, Miss Oktoberfest 2018 Contest presented by Lugano Swiss Bistro, Miss Jr. Oktoberfest 2018 Contest presented by Lugano Swiss Bistro.
Winederlust – Renegade Wine, Art and Music Festival - Placerville, CA - Sep 10, 2021
Live musical performances, artisan bazaar, events at local art galleries, wine and more! Formerly known as the Placerville Wine & Art Festival.
Twain Harte Chili Cook-off - Twain Harte, CA - Sep 12, 2021
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: The competition will be more intense this year as they have a couple of first responder teams doing firehouse chili. The Peoples Choice Chili will be done at businesses around the town. Check out each business and vote for your favorite. Tastings cost $5.00 (you get a wristband) and taste to your hartes delight. Beverages will be available for a fee. Event takes place in various locations around town.
Mammoth Village Oktoberfest - Mammoth Village, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2021
Canceled for 2022. An annual event with plenty of music, dancing, kids activities, beer tastings, and authentic German cuisine.
Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival - San Jose, CA - Sep 19 to Nov 14, 2021
Canceled for 2023. The festival may return in 2024. Normally: The signature fundraising event of the Almaden Valley Women’s Club has been a tradition since 1976. This festival features a large selection of local artisans, entertainment by popular bands throughout the day on our main stage, boutique wines from Northern California vineyards, a variety of food offerings to taste including gourmet food trucks, a Kids-Zone with crafts, carnival games, and rides, souvenir wine and beer glasses, a silent auction, a Community Raffle and much more.
Palm Springs Oktoberfest - Palm Springs, CA - Sep 23, 2021
Jazzville celebrates Oktoberfest in style and fun with the incomparable West Coast Prost! Much more than your average polka band, this group plays polkas, waltzes, dixieland, swing and country/western favorites. They bring an exciting sense of youth to and older tradition of music. This is going to be wúnderbar!
Vegan Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 16, 2021
Canceled for 2022. Normally: LA’s annual unique Oktoberfest celebration. The beer hall at LA Center Studios is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It features traditional Bavarian food, live Oompah bands, beer maidens, and of course, refreshing and delicious beer poured to perfection by dozens of great breweries. Come enjoy a taste of Germany while you make new friends and indulge to your heart’s desire. Since all the food and beer is vegan, you can experience a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with a clear conscience. Win prizes for chicken dancing, stein holding, and wearing costumes. Tickets sell out so get yours early. 21+ event.
Illumination – Arcadia - Arcadia, CA - Nov 17 to Jan 2, 2022
California’s largest drive-through light show – Reindeer Road is one mile with millions of lights on hundreds of displays, plus synchronized music. Whiz through mountainous terrain, traverse glacial peaks, explore the northern ice caves and make your way through the northern forests to the heart of it all – Santa’s Workshop – the world’s largest animated toy shop. Be dazzled by reindeer, snowmen, and toys galore
Fashion Island’s Annual Tree Lighting - Newport Beach, CA - Nov 19 to Jan 1, 2022
Celebrate the holiday season with Fashion Island’s iconic 90-foot white fir tree! Decorated with 10,000 lights and ornaments, the Christmas Tree sparkles during the day and twinkles to life every night through January 1.
Winterlit and Holiday Tree Lighting - Santa Monica, CA - Nov 19 to Dec 24, 2021
Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. There will be a Christmas tree lighting and nightly menorrah lightings, musical performances, shopping events, and a visit from Santa.
Santa Barbara Holiday Parade - Santa Barbara, CA - Nov 27 to Dec 23, 2021
For 2021 – In lieu of a single event this year, and with community health and safety in mind, staff has planned a plethora of smaller holiday offerings! Festivities kickoff with Small Business Saturday in November, and include a holiday tree lighting event, outdoor market, concerts, and even community performances throughout the month of December.
Winter Festival - Sierra Madre, CA - Nov 27, 2021
Hollywood Christmas Parade - Hollywood, CA - Nov 28, 2021
Parade down Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd
Cordova Community Christmas Tree Lighting – Village Green Park - Rancho Cordova, CA - Nov 28, 2021
Tree lighting and fireworks, plus hayrides, live Nativity, train rides, Santa visit, music, and more. Help stuff the squad car and make Christmas better for needy kids by bringing a new, unwrapped present.
WhiskyFest San Francisco - San Francisco, CA - Dec 3, 2021
Meet the whisky distillers, master blenders, and other whisky experts who will be in attendance. This is your chance to taste from a selection of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, French, Taiwanese, and craft-distilled whiskies, all assembled in one Grand Ballroom. High-end rum, brandy, and other spirits will be available as well.
Tamale Festival - La Habra, CA - Dec 4, 2021
Vendors and tamale contest, plus more
San Francisco Ballet – Nutcracker - San Francisco, CA - Dec 10 to Dec 30, 2021
Step into the reverie of little Clara in this unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of more than 150 dancers. Battle the Mouse King and of course, dance through the land of the Sugarplum Fairy. San Francisco Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in the country.
Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair - Ventura, CA - Dec 11, 2021
Holiday street fair with vendors, live entertainment, arts & crafters, and a wine walk.
Crunchryoll Expo - San Jose, CA - Aug 5 to Aug 7, 2022
On pause for 2023. Normally: Taking place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Crunchyroll Expo celebrates anime, manga, games, cosplay, anime fans and so much more! This festival is also doing a hybrid format so you can join in online
Silicon Valley Comic Con - San Jose, CA - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2022
Silicon Valley Comic Con brings together America’s two greatest superheroes: Pop Culture and Technology. Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, and more. Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. Children under 5 get in free, child and adult passes are available for a day or the whole weekend, and there are several VIP tiers available.
Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Festival - Morro Bay, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2022
Sip premium margaritas and indulge on local, fresh-off-the-tree California avocados.
Orange County Brew Ska Ska - Silverado, CA - Sep 10, 2022
More than 90 craft breweries offer unlimited tastings of 200+ local and imported beers, along with ska and ska punk.
Schroeder’s Oktoberfest - San Francisco, CA, CA - Sep 16, 2022
Food and polka dancing at this San Francisco German restaurant.
Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club - Anaheim, CA - Sep 16 to Oct 23, 2022
2023 events at the Phoenix are on pause as they move from Anaheim to La Brea. Normally: Friday-Sunday starting mid-September, the Phoenix Club will host seven weekends of Oktoberfest fun. Live music, imported German beer on tap, beer drinking and sausage eating contests, costume contest, polka lessons and kids activities including a bounce house.
Tioga Sequoia Oktoberfest - Fresno, CA - Sep 17, 2022
The urban beer garden turns into a festival in celebration of Oktoberfest in Germany. They provide a list of German inspired beers, food, music (Polka), and fun festival games throughout the day. Dressing up in your best Lederhosen or Oktoberfest themed garb is encouraged. Free Admission and all ages for this Festival.
Piedmont Harvest Festival - Piedmont, CA - Sep 18, 2022
Carnival, farmer’s market, contests, art exhibit, jazz show, and more
Oktoberfest at NUBO - Santa Cruz, CA - Sep 24, 2022
New Bohemia Brewing Co in Santa Cruz, CA is holding an Oktoberfest and they’ll be tapping a Festbier, serving up pours in special NUBO liter steins, offering up traditional German-style beer garden grub and live music! Prost!
Cotati Oktoberfest - Cotati, CA - Sep 24, 2022
Flagship Taproom hosts this Oktoberfest wtih live music, 10+ beers, bratwurst, yodeling contest and more. Costume contest so wear that lederhosen or dirndl!
California Republic Comic Con - Merced, CA - Sep 25, 2022
Each CRCC show is filled with film and TV stars, artists, comic books, toys, games, everything science fiction, fantasy, and anime, as well as video games, music, live entertainment, food, and much more. Kids 10 and under are free. Individual tickets are $10 online ($15 at the door) and a family 4-pack is available online only for $35.
Placerville Oktoberfest - Placerville, CA - Oct 1, 2022
This annual Oktoberfest features German music including polkas and the chicken dance. Weiner dog races and other Oktoberfest contests. Food choices include sausages, sauerkraut, strudel, and of course lots of beer choices.
Wurstkuche Oktoberfest - Venice, CA - Oct 1, 2022
Every Saturday in October, head on down to Wurstkuche Restaurant in Venice for an Oktoberfest celebration!
Corcoran Cotton Festival and Parade - Corcoran, CA - Oct 1, 2022
Features a parade down Whitley Avenue, beer garden, BBQ, carnival, live music, 5k run and lots of fun.
Welk Resorts Oktoberfest - Escondido, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2022
Get the whole gang together for a full day of delicious German-themed food, rides, games, live music, and of course beer! This family-friendly festival offers craft brews from multiple local breweries for the adults, and great games and activities to keep the kids entertained
Carlsbad Music Festival - Carlsbad, CA - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2022
Annual event with 3 days of adventurous music by the beach
San Diego Jazz Festival - San Diego, CA - Nov 23 to Nov 27, 2022
The San Diego Jazz Fest is one of the longest running annual music festivals dedicated to celebrating jazz music of the early 20th Century. Since 1980, this event has been held during Thanksgiving weekend in San Diego, California, and features a variety of musical artists performing traditional jazz, swing, blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, gospel, and rhythm and blues
San Francisco SPCA & Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling - San Francisco, CA - Nov 23 to Jan 2, 2023
See the wonder of the San Francisco SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy’s this Christmas season.
Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot - Burbank, CA - Nov 24, 2022
Thanksgiving morning fundraiser run – 5k, 10k, kids run
Turkey Trot For Teal - Herald, CA - Nov 24, 2022
All funds raised go to Sutter Child Life to provide pediatric cancer patients art therapy and the Taylor Steele Memorial Scholarship. Come on out and enjoy the company of family and friends and burn some calories before the Turkey, mashed potatoes and pie!!
Thank You Run - San Diego, CA - Nov 24, 2022
Discontinued on a high note to focus on other avenues of fundraising for ALS. Formerly: 5K tradition is back at 4S Ranch – Del Sur this Thanksgiving, all while benefiting the ALS Association – Greater San Diego Chapter
Cedar Band of Paiutes Thanksgiving Pow Wow - Auburn, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 26, 2022
Come out and enjoy this FREE event! Drum and dance contest, raffles, taco fundraiser, and more. They’ll also have a princess pageant for girls ages 10-17.
Union Square Tree Lighting - San Francisco, CA - Nov 25 to Jan 1, 2023
For 2022, no tree lighting event but Macy’s will gift their Great Tree to the city and it will be lit all season long
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